by Cheryl Preheim
A hungry 6-year-old Colorado boy got himself into a jam Tuesday morning when he decided to take his grandmother's car for a drive to Applebee's.
Broomfield Police received the call of a hit-and-run around 8:30 Tuesday morning.
When they arrived, they found an abandoned car that had hit a neighborhood power source.
Shortly thereafter a 6-year-old came out of the nearby home with his grandmother and police were able to piece together what had happened.
Police say the child decided he wanted to get lunch at Applebee's, and went out the car and moved his child seat from the back of the car to the driver's seat.
He then grabbed the keys to the car and started backing up, roughly 47 feet.
He eventually hit a curb before reversing an additional 29 feet, according to police.
His mini joyride ended, however, when he hit a power source, causing both the phones and power to go out in the area.
Nancy Hollis says she and other neighbors went outside to see what happened when the power went out and that is when the little boy ran home.
The child went back inside the home to tell his grandmother what had happened and by the time the two stepped outside the police had arrived at the scene.
Xcel Energy says two apartment buildings were left without power. It was restored on Tuesday afternoon.
Despite the inconvenience, most of the residents say they are understanding.
"I have five children of my own, so I know you cannot watch them every minute they're awake," said Hollis.
The Xcel workers who were repairing the damage say the little boy was very lucky.
"There's always the chance that you can be shocked when you run into our transformers and our poles," said one of the workers.
The 6-year-old driver and his grandmother will not face any charges, but the boy did have a very serious talk with the police officer who responded.
The grandmother is helping take care of the 6-year-old boy while his mother recovers from major surgery.